The Icelandic Minister for Fisheries has issued the total allowable catch for 2021 based on Marine Research Institute advice
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, has issued a regulation on the total allowable catch in the Icelandic fishing zone for the next fishing year and follows scientific advice from the Marine Research Institute.
The Agency’s advice is based on utilizing stocks based on maximum yield, taking into account ecosystem and precautionary approaches.
The MRI advises a 9% increase in the catch quota for haddock, which will therefore be 45,389 tonnes in the 2020/2021 fishing year. The reason for the increase is an improved recruitment outlook.
At the same time, a 6% reduction in cod catches is proposed, from 272,411 tonnes to 256,593 due to a decrease in groundfish measurements. The recruitment indices of some stocks such as warm, golden red and blue long have been low for a long time and this is taken into account in the decision on total catch.
Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture:
“Responsible fishing and sustainable utilization of fish stocks are a prerequisite for the Icelandic fisheries industry, and the diverse activities based on the industry, maintaining their position in the forefront globally. Management of fisheries on the basis of scientific advice is a key element in ensuring these assumptions, and at the same time one of the main pillars of Icelandic fisheries management. The MRI’s advice for the next fishing year means that our main utilization stocks are strong. However, there are some recruitment failures in some species that the MRI in consultation with the ministry will need to meet with further research. “
The following table shows the decision on total catch limits for individual species. It should be noted that catch targets for important pelagic stocks will be decided later in the year.
Source: Icelandic Government